Tapestry... celebrating women's choirs 2005

3PM October 16th, 2005 at Ryerson United Church

Welcome! It gives us great pleasure to welcome you to “Tapestry…celebrating women’s voices”. This celebration of who we are and why we sing together was first inspired by Elektra taking part in a similar concert in Melbourne, Australia, back in 1996. Since then we have hosted two Tapestry concerts and today, we are proud to present our third.

Four women’s choirs, numbering nearly 120 voices in total, will be singing today not only for you but also for each other. They are women of all ages and backgrounds who have come together to share and join their voices together in song. Through generous collaboration, we listen and explore the many colours and textures that are a vibrant part of women’s choral singing. Ed Henderson, one of Vancouver’s best known bards of song, has written “Piping Down the Valleys Wild”, a joyous new piece for us to premiere together.

We hope our music will weave for you a rich listening experience in the warm and glorious acoustics of Ryerson United Church. Morna and Diane In addition to Elektra’s solo set listed here and the last two pieces which were performed by the massed choirs, the guest choirs performed the following: Lyric Singers of Surrey: Harp of Wild by Allan Bevan Las Amarillas by Stephen Hatfield Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, traditional spiritual arranged by Robert DeCormier Ngana (from Songs of Passage) by Stephen Leek Aliqua: Hej, Igazitsad! by Lajos Bardos Mata Del Anima Sola by Antonio Estevez Java Jive, arr. Manhatten Transfer Ave Maria by Alejandro Carillo El Hambo by Jaakko M%uFFFDntyjarvi Organ Fugue by J.S. Bach, arr. Ward Swingle University Women’s Chorale, Western Washington University: Hoj, Hura, Hoj! by Otmar M%uFFFDcha Dixit Dominus by Baldassare Galuppi


Aliqua Women's Vocal Group
Women’s Vocal Group
Lyric Singers Of Surrey Women's Choir
Lyric Singers Of Surrey
Women’s Choir
Stephen Smith Piano
Stephen Smith
Western Washington University, University Choir Women Women's Choir
Western Washington University, University Choir Women
Women’s Choir

Performance Pieces:

  1. Ave Regina Coelorum Josef Gabriel Rheinberger
  2. Laudate Pueri Felix Mendelssohn
  3. Piping Down the Valleys Wild Canadian Work Edward Henderson
  4. Six Elizabethan Lyrics Kenneth Leighton
  5. Ubi Caritas Eleanor Daley
  6. V’la l’bon vent Canadian Work Traditional French Canadian Allison Girvan (arr) 

Canadian Work Legend Canadian Work